Travel Items You Mustn’t Forget To Pack

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Packing for a vacation? Make sure that you haven’t forgotten any of these essential items before you leave the house.

Passport

This is one of the most commonly forgotten items – and yet probably the most important item. You won’t be allowed on the plane without a passport if you’re travelling abroad. Even if you’re taking an internal flight, it could prove a useful form of ID. Your passport should have a minimum of six months left on it before expiry – some countries won’t let you travel with less than this. Applying for a passport can take several weeks, so you’ll want to get this sorted as early as possible.

Other travel documentation

Nowadays, a lot of documentation can be accessed digitally, however it’s still worth always bringing paper copies just in case. A few documents you may need include boarding passes, hotel booking receipts, visa receipts and travel insurance documents. If you’re hiring a car meanwhile, you’ll need your driving license, plus any receipts for car hire or insurance that you may have bought in advance.

Money

Having access to money is also important. In some cases, it could be cheaper to take out currency before you reach the country. Nowadays, many places accept card, so you may just be able to bring your card – however expect transfer fees each time. A preloaded travel currency card may be able to avoid these charges.

Chargers

If you’re bringing any electronics, don’t forget to bring chargers – these items can often get forgotten. A portable charger could be useful for a long-haul flight in which you may not have access to plug points. A car charger meanwhile could be useful if you’re driving.

Plug adaptors

Some countries may use different plug sockets. Without a plug adaptor, you won’t be able to charge your devices up. Airports may have them for sale, but you can buy them much cheaper online.

Medication

If you’re on any medication, make sure to bring this with you. Medication against allergies such as inhalers and EpiPens could also be important. There could also be medication for family planning such as contraceptive pills that you need to bring as well as medication against foreign illnesses such as malaria tablets. Don’t forget to also pack a first aid kit just in case of an accident.

Glasses/contact lenses

If you need prescription glasses or contact lenses, make sure to prioritise these when packing. Even if you only need glasses for reading, you don’t want to be squinting at menus the whole trip.

Toiletries

Toiletries can sometimes be bought once you reach your destination, however certain emergency toiletries could be important for the flight such as sanitary towels. It’s worth always bringing hand wipes too – especially if you’re travelling with kids. Certain toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant and mouthwash may be restricted if you’re only bringing hand luggage.

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Traveling around the world is always going to be a daunting prospect, but for women, there are additional precautions that should be considered. It is perfectly possible for a woman to travel around the world on her own, but it is important to take your personal safety seriously.

 

Research Thoroughly

The more you know about the place you’re heading to, the more you will be able to prepare yourself. Research the customs and culture of your destination and make sure that you understand any special requirements regarding dress and conduct. No one likes feeling like their rights are being taken from them, but if you travel and act in defiance of local customs on principle, you are potentially placing yourself in grave danger. No matter how strongly you might feel, the consequences are not worth it for the sake of foregoing local dress codes.

 

Keep Your Valuables With You While in Transit

Many of us travel with tablets, laptops, and smartphones these days. Thieves know when these items are most vulnerable, particularly during transit. Whenever you are traveling on a plane, a train, or even a bus, especially if you will be sleeping, keep your valuables close by so that they can’t be disturbed without your knowledge.

 

Only Take What You Need

The lighter you travel, the easier you will travel. Having less stuff make it easier for you to pack up and move if you feel unsafe. If you are bogged down by lots of baggage, you could potentially find yourself in a situation where you have to abandon some of your luggage.

 

Don’t Be Too Trusting

When traveling, you will naturally want to make friends. We all like having company. Other people will provide you with great comfort on the road, and you will hopefully make lots of new friends. However, you must always be wary. Apply the same caution that you would at home, perhaps even a little more so.

 

Be Careful With Alcohol

Alcohol is the architect of bad decisions. There’s nothing wrong with going out and having fun, but remember that, in addition to the usual cautions you need to take with alcohol, you will also likely be in unfamiliar territory. This makes you even more vulnerable.

 

Be Prepared to Spend More

If you are willing to spend a little bit more, you can often secure a little additional safety and security. For example, when it comes to choosing an appropriate means of transport, the cheapest option will be walking, but this is also the most dangerous. On the other hand, driving yourself leaves you in control but will incur the most costs.

 

Always Have Plans

You should always aim to plan ahead as you travel. This will make it possible for you to check out any areas you are heading to before you reach them. For example, if you are traveling around the US and looking for baseball-related places to visit, Theplanetofbaseball.com can help you learn more about this fun sport, so you can plan some great days out.

Travel is all about having fun and experiencing new things. It is a wonderful experience and something that all of us should do at some point. Traveling safely is easy as long as you prepare beforehand.

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